Welcome to Dramatic Arts at Harvard!
Dramatic Arts at Harvard includes the study and practice of theater, dance, opera, and other multimedia or multisensory performance forms. Like other Secondary Fields at Harvard, Dramatic Arts provides the opportunity to pursue focused study outside of the formal constraints of the concentration. Unlike many others, however, Dramatic Arts is built on the premise that historical, literary, theoretical, and practical studies are best when conceived of as mutually interdependent. Work in each deepens one’s work in the others. Thus, the program combines text-based academic course work with studio training (in both traditional and non-traditional senses). It offers, ideally, immersion in the broad and rich history of past performance forms, a philosophical encounter with fundamental questions about art, embodied action, and experience, and a lived sense of what it means to make performance happen, with all the tools of the multimedia present or with only the tools of one’s body.
The Dramatic Arts program sponsors a number of courses. But many other departments and degree programs offer courses that deal centrally with performance and that may be counterd toward the Secondary Field course requirement. Students should consult the list of Cross-Listed Courses to consider the wide array of possible approaches to the field. At the same time, students pursuing Dramatic Arts as a Secondary Field should choose complementary offerings that make a coherent unit of their program of study. Students are strongly advised to consult with a faculty advisor. (Students are also free to select advisors not on this list whose areas of study intersect with their own.)